The Flyer’s Euphoria Ends

The Flyer’s euphoria ends in a 5-2 defeat in Pittsburgh. All things were bright and shiny for the Philadelphia Flyers who were riding the crest of the first two back-to-back road shutouts in franchise history. The home Penguins would be missing their leader, Sidney Crosby.

If you threw out the Boston defeats, Philly came in riding an 11-2 record against the rest. The downside? Despite coming off a shut-out, the suddenly mortal Carter Hart has allowed four or more goals in 12 appearances. Factor in, for the first time in nearly a full year, actual people would be in the building.

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The Flyers shutout string would continue into and beyond the first period. With 2:32 played in the second stanza, Joel Farabee would get the visitors on the board. Finally, all good things come to an end, and after 143:39 or shut-out time, Kasper Kopanen put Pittsburgh on the board to knot it up at 1-1.

Five minutes later, Kopanen did it again and Pittsburgh was taking charge. Bryan Rust pushed it to 3-1 less than two minutes later and the second closed with that score. Farabee added a second at the 11:00 mark of the third and it appeared the dogfight was on.

The battle lasted all of 1:03 when former Flyer, Mark Friedman aided in a Codi Ceci tally that put the Pens up by two at 4-2. Mike Matheson added his second of the season to salt this one away, 5-2. Philadelphia had a huge edge in shots at 42-27. The Flyer’s euphoria ends in a 5-2 defeat in Pittsburgh.

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